With Houston in the grips of a widespread COVID-19 outbreak, many area residents are following the advice of local elected officials and spending most of their time at home. And with the region also experiencing a July heat wave, time at home generally means time inside in the comfort of air conditioning. About 1,800 area residents were not afforded that luxury late in the afternoon last Saturday, July 11. That’s how many lost power in the Shepherd Park Plaza area – some for a matter of minutes and some for nearly five hours – according to a spokesperson for CenterPoint Energy. Shortly before the end of the outage, which according to CenterPoint spanned from 2:11-6:55 p.m., a Shepherd Park Plaza resident and Facebook user posted a screenshot from the CenterPoint website that … [Read more...] about Extended power outage impacts Shepherd Park Plaza, another planned for July 22
Houston police are looking into a shooting near the Northside neighborhood that left a woman dead last Friday, July 10. In a news release from the Houston Police Department, it said officers responded to an residential alarm call at 322 San Julio Dr. around 9 a.m. July 10 but were unable to reach anyone inside. After contacting the homeowner’s daughter, police said they found a 57-year-old female dead on the floor inside the house with a gunshot wound. The victim’s identity is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, according to HPD, which said there are no known suspects in the incident. Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact HPD’s Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477. … [Read more...] about Police investigating shooting near Northside
Lindale Park’s Loida Casares, an account manager for Houston Public Media, was listening to NPR one day when she heard about an initiative in Milwaukee to put children’s books in laundromats. Inspired by what she heard, Casares did a little digging to see if there were any similar programs in Houston. She learned about a woman in Kingwood who installed a Little Free Library at the laundromat she owned. That was it, but not for long. “When I get an idea, I just do it,” Casares said. While she initially intended to reach out to the Laundromat Library League (LLL), which has a children’s book-sharing program in 20 states, she then shifted gears to the Little Free Library organization since she already had one of those – an old newspaper rack from the Houston Chronicle – in her … [Read more...] about Little Libraries … in laundromats?
During a summer when everyone could use a little more escape, the Little Free Libraries in area are a way for individuals and families to offer a window to the world and promote the love of reading through the lending libraries in their yards. The first Little Free Library book-sharing box was built in 2009 in Wisconsin. Today there are about 100,000 registered Little Free Libraries in all 50 states and 108 countries. The Little Free Library website (littlefreelibrary.org) offers an online map of all who register their libraries. There are more than 50 in the area, with even more that aren’t registered. Forest West resident Niki Sevven said her family recently installed one at 5314 Arbor Vitae Dr. “I had wanted one for a while but never felt the need since the Collier Library is a … [Read more...] about Little libraries receiving extra love during pandemic
A man was shot in the leg and hospitalized as the result of a domestic dispute in the area Thursday night, according to a Friday news release by the Houston Police Department. HPD said Rosibel Umanzor, 50, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault of a family member after allegedly shooting 40-year-old Nelson Vasquez at 5355 De Soto St. Vasquez was transported to a hospital with "what are believed to be non-life-threatening wounds," HPD said, while Umanzor was taken to a hospital after telling officers she felt dizzy and faint. She was subsequently arrested, according to HPD. HPD, citing the account of Vasquez, said he and Umanzor were arguing about suspected infidelity when Umanzor retrieved a handgun from under a mattress. According to HPD, Vasquez told police that he asked … [Read more...] about Woman arrested after domestic dispute results in shooting